South Carolina DHEC Solid Waste and Recycling

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E3 Project Profile


State: South Carolina

Organization Type:  State Agency (Government)

Project Lead Contact Information:

Stacey Washington
2600 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29201

washinsv@dhec.sc.gov

803-898-1329

www.scdhec.gov/recycle

 

Other Project Contact(s) Information:

Joe Jacobs
Senior Vice President of Operations
SCMEP
Office: (803) 978-1623
Fax: (803) 254-8512
Email: jjacobs@SCMEP.org www .scmep.org

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Description

Project status:  Active

Project Period:

  • Begin Date: August 2010
  • End Date:  August 2011

Project Description/Focus:

  • Goals
    • Increase energy efficiency and sustainability;
    • Provide valuable technical training, jobs and skills training, assessments and support for E3 clients;
    • Improve profitability of South Carolina’s economy;
    • Enable growth for companies and the State; and
    • Create and retain manufacturing jobs.

Client Interaction

  • Number of E3 assessment clients: 1
  • Average time spent per client (hours): 40

Client Size (Number of employees)

  • Largest: 400
  • Smallest: 400

Client Types

  • Industrial

 Community Engagement

  • December 16, 2013 event at Clemson University ICAR
  • Upstate SC meetings (at least 2)
  • Material available at conferences and during presentations

Outputs

Technical Assessments

  • Number Conducted: 1
  • Types Provided:
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Energy Assessments
    • Lean Assessments

Marketing Materials / Activities 

  • Events (e.g. – Conferences, forums, sessions, etc.)
  • Email Communications
  • Flyers/Brochures
  • Partner Networking
  • Success Stories
  • Web Content

 

Experience / Processes

Opportunities Identified

  • Adopt and implement a Quality Management System and an Environmental Management System based on ISO 9000 and 14001 certifications.
  • Implement Tier 2 recommendations that demonstrate sustainability commitment and have a short term return on investment.
  • Summary of recommendations –
    • Inventory control
    • ISO 9001
    • VFD pumps
    • Lighting
    • Assembly schedule
    • Zero waste
    • ISO 14001

Implementation (Follow-up) Strategy

  • Presented findings at the facility.
  • A follow-up survey was conducted.

Project Barriers 

  • Financial

Project Outcomes (Results)

  • Inventory reduced from 161 days to 60 days.
  • Eliminated the need for air testing, saving 30 seconds/unit at 200 units/day.
  • Quality on missing parts and incomplete paperwork improved by 34%.
  • Non-value added time from 164.3 days to 60 days.
  • Value added time from 125 minutes to 49 minutes.
  • Cardboard shredding machine was purchased for $7000 with a 10 day payback. The estimated cost savings is $700 a day on packing materials and the cost of recycling cardboard. Annual savings is approximately $200,000.
  • Lead time on raw material delivery reduced from 6 minutes to 30 seconds.

 

Partners

Partners

  • Local Utilities
  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
  • Regional/Local – Workforce Development Offices
  • State – Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
  • State – Energy Agency
  • U.S. EPA Regional Office

 

Funding Source

  • U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)